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History + Culture

History + Culture

Tuesdays, July 18 - August 22 | 1–3 p.m.

Donna Rumenik, Lecturer in Lifelong Learning, CWRU


"Never again" unfortunately has turned into "again and again." Human cruelty, ethnopolitical conflict, war, terrorism, and genocide continues presently to create destruction and suffering throughout the world. Psychology has an important role in contributing to an understanding of what leads individuals or groups to commit either acts of destruction or acts of goodness. We will examine and discuss past genocides as well as present genocides and mass violence through the lens of a perpetrator, bystander, rescuer, and survivor. In addition, we will focus on how an identity can be formed when one is a descendant of a genocide perpetrator or survivor. How the past is remembered or forgotten is also addressed.


Landmark Centre | Members: $90; Nonmembers: $110 | REGISTER >

Thursdays, September 7-November 16 | 1:30–3:30 p.m.


U.S. and Latin Relations: From The Cold War to the Trump Administration
This course will examine the major events and policies that shaped the relationships between the United States and the Latin American nations. In the process we will examine how the Cold War shaped U.S. views towards the region, how economic policies and political conflicts impacted migration and immigration patterns, and how U.S. history tends to ignore Latin American perspectives towards the US. 

Lecturer: Jose Sola, Associate Professor of History, Cleveland State University
Thursdays, September 7-October 12 

Turkey: Understanding the Present by Seeing the Past
For many years news about Turkey was rarely found on the front pages of the daily news—whether in hard copy or on the web. For the past several years, and particularly, after the failed coup of July 15, 2016, events in Turkey have achieved a new prominence. Yet, for many Turkey remains a mystery. This course will look at the history of Turkey, beginning with prehistoric settlement and moving on to the rise and fall of the Ottoman Empire. It will conclude with a close look at the history of the current Turkish Republic, created in 1923, with a special focus on economics, education, and religion and a detailed examination of the events which brought that nation back to the front page. 

Lecturer: John Grabowski, Associate Professor of Applied History, Case Western Reserve University
Thursdays, October 19-November 16


Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: $115; Nonmembers: $135 | REGISTER >